More prestigious acknowledgment for UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey Kaye: The Democracy and Justice Studies faculty member has been invited as one of two featured speakers for a Wednesday, Jan. 6, event at the FDR Presidential Library in New York marking the 75th anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” inaugural address in 1940. The program, titled “FDR’s Four Freedoms: A Conversation with Alexander Heffner and Harvey Kaye,” will take place at 7 p.m. EST at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home, Hyde Park, N.Y. Heffner is a journalist and host of the PBS series “The Open Mind.” Kaye is regarded among the nation’s leading scholars of FDR’s progressive legacy following the publication of his book The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great. See http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/publicprograms/calendar.html
Associate Prof. Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz of Humanistic Studies shares word of a sizeable grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council to help fund “The Culture of Fusion” project organized by UW-Green Bay. The $10,000 award will support activities during the first half of calendar year 2016, including:
- A concert and lecture on Latin Jazz with Chilean saxophonist Aníbal Rojas and UWGB faculty members Adam Gaines and Clif Ganyard
- A talk and performance by Dominican singer/songwriter Roxiny, fusing Latin sensibilities with a global electro/dream pop aesthetic
- A special screening of the new documentary “Rubble Kings” followed by a Q&A with director Shan Nicholson in which he’ll talk about the ways that the rise of hip-hop defused the street gang anarchy that defined the South Bronx through much of the 1970s
- A presentation on urban planning, food sustainability and the heterogeneity of Peruvian cuisine (along with a cooking demo and the screening of Finding Gastón) hosted by architect and planner Manuel de Rivero, a founding member of the urban think tank Supersudaca and professor at the Catholic University of Peru.
Saxton-Ruiz says the second-semester events will be a logical extension of this fall’s “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” programming, funded by a separate $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. “Our thought is that after the community has had an opportunity to learn about the historical background of the various Latino groups who have immigrated to the United States, we would now explore personal stories expressed in music… in the culinary arts… and in art.” (Also among the spring programs will be a previously scheduled youth workshop on Latin American and Latino painting and collage art to be led by Cuban artist Eduin Fraga.) “The unifying element,” Saxton-Ruiz says, “is that all of these diverse manifestations of culture have in common the idea of fusion, or how the contact of different groups creates new cultural expressions. It is our hope that the community members will then get inspired to reflect on, create and/or seek out local and regional examples of new cultural forms whether they’re Latino-influenced or not.”
Assistant Prof. Aaron Weinschenk’s Public Policy class enjoyed an opportunity Monday to hear first-hand from two veterans of the Washington, D.C., political scene. Former House Representatives Tom Petri (R) and David Obey (D), both of whom retired from Congress, visited the class to lecture and take student questions. The Congressmen visited Weinschenk’s class as the first stop in their Civic Participation Lecture Series. According to Weinschenk, “It is a amazing to have people of this caliber visit our campus. In a class focused on public policy, there is nothing better than hearing from people who were directly involved in the federal policymaking process for so long.” Wisconsin State Representative Eric Genrich, D-Green Bay, was also in attendance to provide introductory remarks and to introduce Petri and Obey. Weinschenk, a political scientist, thanked staff members Scott Berg, Rick Warpinski, and Katie Stilp for their help in planning and hosting the event. Pictured in the photo, above, from right, are Weinschenk, Genrich, Petri, Obey and the teaching assistant for the Public Policy class, Gretchen Klefstad.
Dr. Yan Gao, from the art department at Bijie College in Guizhou Province, China, will lecture about the traditional culture and dress of Hmong residents of the province from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday (Oct. 26) in a free public talk in MAC Hall Room 223. The campus visit is sponsored by UW-Green Bay’s Hmong Studies Center under the direction of Sociology Prof. Ray Hutchison. Titled “Changes in Hmong Dress in Northwestern Guizhou Province,” Yan’s talk will review both traditional dress for the Hmong from this region (different in some ways from that of the Hmong in Laos), and the changes that industrialized production of textiles has brought to the region. Bijie College is located in the Hmong Autonomous Region of Guizhou Province, home to more than 300,000 Hmong, described as the largest Hmong community in China and the largest Hmong population in the world. Yan has studied Hmong culture and dress for many years.
Learning in Retirement is throwing open the doors to one of its classes that will feature a presentation by Chancellor Gary L. Miller and discussion of the institution’s 50th Anniversary. Faculty, staff and friends are invited to this Wednesday’s installment of the LIR course “Celebrating 50 Years and the Power of the Phoenix.” The session runs from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 in the 1965 Room. Moderator Mike Troyer and a panel of retirees and campus historians will share stories from UW-Green Bay’s development over five decades; it is expected that Chancellor Miller will open the program by discussing how a history of innovation positions UWGB for leadership over the next half century.
The campus/community series “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” continues with the screening of another film segment and a talk by Peruvian-born author Marie Arana at 6 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 21) in the Christie Theatre. “The New Latinos” is the topic. Wednesday’s event is the third in this year’s “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” series organized by UW-Green Bay in conjunction with the American Library Association and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.
Prof. Ray Hutchison (Sociology) will be presenting an overview of his recent (and continuing) research on tent graves of the Tennessee highlands at the Social Science Research Forum this Friday (Oct. 23) from 2:20 to 3:30 p.m. in Bemis Hall Room 213 at St. Norbert College, De Pere. Hutchison’s talk, titled “East Tennessee Ephemerides: The Tent Graves of East Tennessee,” focuses on a unique feature of regional culture from the Cumberland Plateau: More than 3,000 tent graves dating from 1820 to 1900 are found in the eastern highland rim of the Cumberland Plateau. Local tradition says that they were intended to deflect rain from the grave and to prevent cows from stepping into the soft earth. Hutchison observes, however, that this is also the area of the Second Great Awakening and the birth of many new religious ideas that strongly influence local cultures to the present day. Are there other explanations for the sudden appearance and gradual end of the tent grave tradition? The Social Science Research Forum is a long-running lecture series on the campus of our cross-town cousins and occasionally features UWGB presenters.
The Natural and Applied Sciences seminar series continues this Friday (Oct. 23) with the program “Another Emerging Fungal Disease: Snake Fungal Disease Threatens Conservation Efforts.” Guest lecturer Matthew Allender is a zoo and wildlife veterinarian who runs a wildlife epidemiology lab at the University of Illinois.
Ophidiomyces (Snake Fungal Disease) has been observed recently in over a dozen snake species in the U.S. and Canada. As always, a reception at 3 p.m. precedes the 3:30 p.m. presentation in Room 317 of the Environmental Sciences Building. The event is free and open to the public.
The Great Books discussion series organized by the Humanistic Studies academic unit continues Tuesday (Oct. 13) when European and Russian history specialist Kevin Kain of the faculty will lead discussion of Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground. The free public event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the main downtown branch of the Brown County Public Library on Pine Street.
Prof. Jeff Entwistle is the second speaker in UW-Green Bay’s special 50th Anniversary Last Lecture Series. The veteran faculty member will address the topic “We All Need Theatre in Our Lives and in Our Future” in his talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the University Union’s Christie Theatre. Entwistle says inspiration for his speech will come from three major ideas — the emotional connection of theatre, the fact that in the theatre an audience can observe even the worst of human behavior without fear for their safety, and the real probability of a serious decrease in in-person human interaction as society moves ever deeper into the digital age.